The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI starts at £33,460 for the 6-speed manual-equipped variant, and £34,960 with a quick-shifting 7-speed DSG. The model reaches 62 mph from a standstill in 6.2 seconds in its quickest, DSG-equipped form, with 245 PS and 370 Nm on tap from its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The model will continue on to a 155 mph top speed regardless of transmission.
The VW Golf GTI Mk8 brings with it a comprehensive standard equipment package, including styling upgrades, new convenience features and the latest driver assistance systems. At the front, the Golf GTI gets an illuminated grille strip, as well as LED fog lights in the GTI's distinctive honeycomb design, with IQ.Light LED matrix headlights completing the light signature. A set of 18-inch 'Richmond' alloy wheels gives the GTI a purposeful look from the side.
At the rear, a pair of chrome plated tailpipes sits beneath a uniquely styled GTI bumper - the GTI receives bespoke front and rear bumpers as part of its assertive, sporty look. A roof spoiler also marks out the back, as well as smoked LED tail lights with dynamic turn signals.
On the inside, the Volkswagen Golf GTI's sports seats are clad in a new iteration of the Golf GTI's distinctive Jacara check cloth, while the sports steering wheel is leather-wrapped and heated, with paddle shifters for the DSG-equipped variant. The gearshift knob is finished in aluminium, while Black Metal Chrome dash and door panels bring a sleek look to the interior. A keyless entry and start/stop system, 3Zone climate control and electrically heated, adjustable and foldable door mirrors with built-in puddle lights all also feature as standard.
The car's driver assistance systems include lane change assist and Travel Assist with Side Assist and Emergency Assist. A new front locking differential and Vehicle Dynamics Manager system are also included, delivering an even sharper and agile driving experience, along with the unrivalled long-distance comfort that Volkswagen has woven into the DNA of the GTI over the past 45 years. The new Vehicle Dynamics Manager function controls all electromechanically adjustable running systems such as the XDS electronic differential, alongside the new locking differential and optional adaptive dampers. The result is a significantly enhanced balance between maximum driving dynamics and the highest levels of comfort.